Every year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Of those, about 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
Each week, The Arizona Republic highlights a handful of the many pets up for adoption at Valley shelters. To check the status of a specific animal, please contact the shelter directly.
Simba: A handsome but shy pup
Every Summer, Valley shelters become overwhelmed with homeless pets due to kitten season, triple digit temperatures and continued fallout (job loss, housing instability, etc.) from the COVID-19 pandemic. As the organization in the Valley that cares for the most vulnerable pets – the sick, injured and abused homeless pets – the Arizona Humane Society is currently caring for 700 pets in Foster Hero homes with more than 100 other pets still in need of foster care. AHS is also caring for 553 pets within its shelter bringing the total number of pets to 1,253.
One such pet in need of a Foster Hero is adorable Simba. The handsome but shy Chihuahua made his way to the Arizona Humane Society after his previous owner had too many pets in the home to properly care for. With nowhere else to turn, Simba and more than a dozen others were surrendered to AHS earlier this month. Due to little socialization in his life, this little guy can be very shy at times but allows all handling and will need a patient home that lets him go at his own pace.
Simba is awaiting a dental surgery to get some of his baby teeth out of his mouth that have decided to hold on and will need a loving foster for approximately a month. Fostering is a great way to help pets have a nice, quiet space to recover in and allows AHS to bring in even more pets in need – saving even more lives in the process!
How to foster: Fostering for AHS is completely free and the shelter provides everything you need from medical care to food, toys and more. With a wide array of pets in need of a temporary stay ranging from just a few days to a few months, there are pets that fit every schedule and every lifestyle. If interested in becoming a Foster Hero for Simba or any of the amazing pets in need, visit azhumane.org/foster to apply and take the online orientation!
—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Cher: Looking for a loving home
Who wouldn’t want to have this beauty as a permanent resident?
Cher is a one-year-old Siamese-mix with stunning blue eyes, rescued from a cat colony where she had been existing and where she had given birth to kittens. She has not had an easy life so far, but things will get better and better once she finds a loving home.
Because of her former life, without individual attention, she is naturally timid but far from unfriendly. She will just need time to gradually adjust to a whole new way of living. Dear does certainly get along with other cats.
How to adopt: Please pay Dear a visit at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 from 10 am- 3 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, also adoption days. There are other adoption locations at 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria; same times for calls and adoptions; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
—Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Cheddar: A playful kitten
From orphaned kittens that are just a few days old to fluffy bunnies with babies to dogs with broken limbs the Arizona Humane Society has more than 100 pets who are currently in need of a Foster Hero while they are on the road to adoption. With more than 1,250 pets within its shelter and already in foster homes, AHS is in desperate need of temporary fosters in order to clear out much-needed kennel space and continue to care for the Valley’s most vulnerable pets.
Cheddar is just one sweet baby looking for a temporary respite from the shelter while he recovers from a kitty cold. Brought to AHS in early May by a Good Samaritan, the adorable 6-week-old orange tabby was found as a sick stray who desperately needed help. For Cheddar, he will need just a couple of weeks of treatment and big enough for his neuter surgery before finding his way to the adoption floor and forever home.
As a Foster Hero, you get the first right to adopt a pet (foster failures are our favorite!) or find an adopter through friends or family members as part of AHS’ Home to Home Program! Additionally, Foster Heroes can carry on their normal lifestyles when fostering a pet and simply need a separate space and lots of love to give. AHS will cover the rest!
How to foster: Fostering for AHS is completely free and the shelter provides everything you need from medical care to food, toys and more. With a wide array of pets in need of a temporary stay ranging from just a few days to a few months, there are pets that fit every schedule and every lifestyle. If interested in becoming a Foster Hero for Cheddar or any of the amazing pets in need, visit azhumane.org/foster to apply and take the online orientation!
—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Audrey: A beautiful diva
Audrey is a beautiful, female, domestic short-haired brown tabby cat about 13 years old. She is a sweet girl that recently lost her human companion. Audrey would love a home that embraces older cats where she can live out her retirement years with love and comfort. She still has a bit of “diva” in her so don’t let her age fool you!
How to adopt: Audrey currently calls Friends for Life’s adoption center home, located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. Her adoption fee is $125. At Friends for Life, animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed. Cats are also tested for FELV/FIV. If Audrey is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes. If you’d like more information you can also e-mail FFLcats@azfriends.org, call 480-497-8296, or visit Friends for Life online at http://www.azfriends.org.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life